The stress and strain of complying with the frustrating and destructive CPSIA hit a new low today when we were informed that a major customer had imposed their own new “safety” standard mandating a 40 ppm standard for lead in SUBSTRATE. This impossible-to-meet standard exceeds all legal standards considerably and is even more unreasonable than Illinois’ misguided lead labeling law applicable only to lead paint. No health or safety reasons were provided. This move was presumably an effort to keep things “simple” for this retailer. Not so simple for us. Will anyone care?
This is a result of the junk science feeding frenzy induced by the CPSIA. The CPSIA itself is divorced from science reasoning, taking an arbitrary and absurd stance against anything and everything with any lead in it. The health risks are utterly conjectural in substrate in the affected products and could never meet the "substantial hazard" standard, but scientific studies taken out of context provide handy justification of a fear of everything, paranoid approach to safety regulation. The loathsome penalties imposed by a perpetually angry CPSC have stoked a race to the bottom. Thus, a 40 ppm lead standard for substrate.
Common sense. Anyone remember what that is?